Rovers target points from top two

1212019 SSFF raith ayr 'Damian Casalinuovo gets emotional after scoring a late equalizer - Raith Rovers against Ayr Utd at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1212019 SSFF raith ayr 'Damian Casalinuovo gets emotional after scoring a late equalizer - Raith Rovers against Ayr Utd at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers hope to catch their relegation rivals unawares by claiming points from the top two teams in the first division.

The next fortnight sees Rovers away to Dundee this Saturday, followed by the long road trip to Dingwall to face runaway leaders Ross County the following week.

With Raith languishing in ninth place, just two points ahead of rock bottom Queen of the South, and two behind Ayr United in the safety of eighth place, Rovers boss John McGlynn knows his team cannot afford to leave both Dens and Dingwall empty-handed, even though their relegation rivals will be banking on it.

“I’ve no doubt the teams around us will think that we’re up against it,” he said.

Beauty

“Similarly if Ayr or Queen of the South were away to Dundee and Ross County I’d be thinking they wouldn’t be gaining many points.

“However, that’s the beauty of football. There’s nothing given, and it’s 11 versus 11.

“It’s up to us to go into these places and believe we can take something from both games.

“We’ve had three very close games with Dundee, losing 1-0 each time and there was nothing in them. We can go and cause Dundee problems.”

Rovers go into the match on a high following the circumstances of their 2-2 draw with Ayr on Saturday, which saw them equalise in the final minute of injury-time after playing most of the match with 10 men after Brian Graham’s sending off for violent conduct.

“We wouldn’t have taken a draw before the game – we were there to win the three points – but it could prove a valuable point in the end,” McGlynn said.

Stupid

“We were in a very good winning position and could have made it more comfortable for ourselves by keeping 11 players on the pitch.

“Brian has admitted it was stupid, and has held his hand up. He put us in a really bad situation.”

Graham will miss the next two games, and with John Baird also out of the match against Ross County due to suspension, it means Saturday’s hero, Argentine striker Damian Casalinuovo, is likely to be given another chance up front after scoring his first goal in almost two years.

“I’m delighted for Damian,” McGlynn said.

“I’m sure it’s given him a massive lift, and taken a big weight off his shoulders.

“We hope it helps him relax and score a few more between now and the end of the season to help lift the team away from second bottom position.”